Dear Fat Girl, by Rissa Watkins

Dear Fat Girl,

Step away from the buffet table for a minute, because we need to talk.

You and I have always been at odds with each other. I would join the gym, and you would eat a piece of birthday cake at an office birthday party. We had a rivalry, but we still liked each other.

You used to occasionally indulge. You never drank regular soda or ate candy bars. Lately, that has changed. You have become a glutton, and quite frankly, you disgust me. (more…)

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Cut it Out, by Angel Sharum

Dear Uterus,

I was shocked when the doctor informed me we would have to part ways. I mean, sure, you had been giving me more problems than usual, but I thought you had hooked up with Mr. Thyroid and y’all were just causing mischief. I never dreamed you were growing something in there!

You sure were busy too! From one appointment to the next, you had cultivated your seed to the size of a sixteen-week-old fetus! You know, if you were that desperate to grow something again, you should have talked to me. We might have come to some accommodation. As it were, you left me no choice but to remove you. (more…)

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Never Give Up, by Angel Sharum

You’re gettin’ better, girl! The latest rejection hurt, but you shed not a tear. I’m proud of you!

I know it’s not easy writing a story, putting everything you have into it, only to have it rejected. It knocks your confidence level for a loop and bruises your ego, making you wonder if you’ll ever be good enough.

I’m here to tell you, you are good enough! Keep writing stories, share your imagination with the world, and one day, you’ll see your name on the cover of a book.

Hold on to the positives. You know people like reading your stories, because they’ve told you so. Stockpile all the times people say they can’t wait to read more of a story, or compliment you on a specific line of dialog, and draw from it to ease the pain of rejection.

Believe in yourself! Put that stubborn streak to good use and never give up on your dream! (more…)

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